By Kelsey on July 20, 2011 7

It’s a Date {Night}

Having a specified date night is one of the 12 reasons we’re still married, so it only makes sense that we practice what we preach. As of today, we are finally committing time and money to a weekly date night.

>> Eric and I were faithful to our date nights after we got married, but it really made our spending get out of hand. I thought date night meant we deserved a restaurant meal, and that we should probably have date night every night to keep the love alive.

So this time, we’re doing it a bit differently.

Date Night Rules

  1. Wednesday is date night. We will protect this evening each week–it’s something we plan around, not something we do only if we don’t have anything else going on.
  2. We will take turns planning the dates and surprising the other one.
  3. We get a $10 budget for this each week. We hope this makes us think outside the box (bike rides to Dairy Queen or eating picnic meals in the park) rather than just heading to a restaurant or going to a movie.
  4. No phones allowed.

Of course, these rules are always fluid and up for discussion.

You may have read in Eric’s over the weekend post that last Friday, at 5 p.m. when we got home from work, we changed into our pajamas, dragged our {king-size} mattress into the living room and had a special little date night.

We ate a drool-worthy meal of meatloaf, chips and dip, and grapes.

And then watched LOST until we I could no longer keep my eyes open {10 p.m.}. Eric’s goal was to watch 10 episodes, but we only made it through five {we finally made it to season four!}.

Oh, and you bet there was popcorn. And cookies. And cuddling.


12/9/12- since having a baby, an every week (out of the house) date night is no longer possible. Read how this has changed to In-home date night.



I love my husband, my kids and the Internet.

  1. So cute! I can’t wait to have sleepovers when I’m married someday! Love that idea.

  2. Hey, Just found your blog through Today’s Letters (on the sponsors column) and thought I would drop you a note. Great blog! Love this idea of date night with rules. We have haphazardly had a date night semi-regularly throughout our 4 years of marriage but have never made it a serious thing. I may run this idea by my hubs tonight!

    • Thanks for stopping by, and letting us know you were here! We don’t spend money on our date each week or even make it super “special,” but I think the most important thing is shutting off our phones and choosing to focus on each other rather than working on our blog or something else.

  3. adorable. and i loooove LOST. what an awesome night!

  4. I just love this idea! I’m not married, but my boyfriend and I need something like this — especially to save ourselves from being lazy daters and just going out for dinner and a movie on our impromptu “date nights.” I love the budget and the set date each week. Can’t wait to start this up myself!

    Just discovered both of your blogs, by the way. LOVE! You’re so inspiring for a new blogger like me!


    • Thanks for reading, Megan! We have been posting what we do each week to try and keep the creative ideas going–would love to hear how it goes for you as well.

  5. I think I need to put this plan into effect!

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